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Monday, April 19, 2010

A sharp criticism of contemporary ethno-phyletism in the Orthodox Church

...In this context, we have learned with great sadness of the message from the Holy Synod of the Romanian Orthodox Church, issued on February 11, 2010, entitled “A Call to Unity and Romanian Dignity.” In this message—which makes no reference to God, Christ, or the Holy Spirit—the Holy Synod of the Romanian Church claims to be following the Russian and Serbian examples and calls all Romanian Orthodox clergy and faithful outside Romania, those who find themselves “without a blessing” in other sister Orthodox Churches, to reestablish “direct communion” with the Romanian Patriarchate.

We understand Bucharest's pastoral concern for isolated Romanian faithful in foreign lands. All the same, is it not shocking to see such concern expressed as a prerogative imposed by the Holy Synod on Romanian Christians in whatever foreign country they may be living and in opposition to Orthodox ecclesiology? On this point, the reference to the Council of Nicaea is not acceptable because the Fathers of that Council rejected the notion of dioceses defined by ethnic considerations; instead, they held, like the Apostles, only to the territorial principle...
Read the rest here.

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

A bunch of intellectuals overestimating themselves, as usual.
The Romanian church spoke as a synod.
How do these people speak as?

John (Ad Orientem) said...

My guess is they are speaking as concerned members of the Church. And FWIW the points they are raising are not minor.

Anonymous said...

Why do so many Orthodox place a higher value on their ethnic identity over their identity in Christ? It is a shackle that binds the Church and keeps it from fulfilling its mission for the Lord.